September 29, 2014

The Gospel Today

Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

John 1: 47-51

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Reflection (Sem. Ivan Feniquito):

Today we celebrate the Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels. Angels and Archangels work as messengers of God. They mediate us from God and are ways that God has vividly intervened in human life. The archangels remind us that it is subject to God’s power and His redeeming grace.

I remember the scene of the Annunciation wherein angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will give birth to the Messiah, the only beloved Son of God, and the promised salvation of God.

Then, Archangel Michael is known as the defender of God and promoter of God’s justice. Whenever the Church needs to defend and protects her teachings, St. Michael will intercede for us. In my parish, every Sunday before the Mass, we pray and ask for the intercession of St. Michael to protect our Christian faith and to defend us from any harm.

Angel Raphael is known as the healer. One needs help or aid to facilitate the healing of mind, soul or body, he or she calls for his protection. I worked in St. Camillus Polyclinic as a staff nurse and I remember that we usually ask for prayers and guidance from St. Raphael whose intercession was really present especially whenever I was taking care of my patients. He had helped me in my human limitations, believing that God is more than my talents and skills that will heal my patients.

Indeed, these three great angels are heavenly spirits in the service of God. Their work is to protect God’s people from spiritual and bodily harm. These angels are near to us in an analogous manner that they are near to Jesus, ascending and descending upon Jesus. The challenge for me is to become an “archangel of God” to others. I may not look angelic like them, but I do believe that my good deeds and actions can speak more eloquently when I act like them. May we become archangels to God’s people especially the poor, abandoned, sick and the unfortunate.

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